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inward

adjective in·ward \ ˈin-wərd \
Updated on: 21 Apr 2018

Definition of inward

1 : situated on the inside : inner
2 a : of or relating to the mind or spirit
  • inward peace
b : absorbed in one's own mental or spiritual life : introspective
3 : marked by close acquaintance : familiar
4 : directed toward the interior

Examples of inward in a Sentence

  1. moved towards the inward room for more privacy

  2. he's more inward with the president than most members of the cabinet

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Origin and Etymology of inward

Middle English, from Old English inweard (akin to Old High German inwert), from in + -weard 1-ward

inward Synonyms

Synonyms

inner, inside, interior, internal;

Near Antonyms

outermost, outmost;

surface;

Related Words

inmost, innermost;

central, mid, middle, midmost;


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inward

adverb \ ˈin-wərd \
variants: or inwards play \ˈin-wərdz\

Definition of inward

1 : toward the inside, center, or interior
2 : toward the inner being

Examples of inward in a Sentence

  1. The window faces inward toward the courtyard.

  2. He turned his attention inward.

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First Known Use of inward

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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inward

noun

Definition of inward

1 : something that is inward
2 inwards play \ˈin-ərdz, -wərdz\ plural : innards

Recent Examples of inward from the Web

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First Known Use of inward

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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INWARD Defined for English Language Learners

inward

Definition of inward for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to a person's mind or spirit

  • : directed or moving toward the inside of something


inward

Definition of inward for English Language Learners

  • : toward the inside of something

  • : toward the mind or spirit


INWARD Defined for Kids

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inward

adjective in·ward \ ˈin-wərd \

Definition of inward for Students

1 : toward the inside or center
  • an inward curve
2 : of or concerning the mind or spirit
  • He felt inward joy.

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inward

adverb
variants: or inwards \-wərdz\

Definition of inward for Students

1 : toward the inside or center
  • The door opens inward.
2 : toward the mind or spirit
  • I turned my thoughts inward.


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